MarinaMarket (210) - POULSBO, Washington, USA - JAN 6, 2012
3.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Super fruity wet hop aroma from the bottle. Mango, pineapple, and sweet smelling. Pours medium brown, with off-white head and lots of flotsom. This isnít just cloudy...it has chunkage. The head recedes slowly, larger bubbles in the center, and very fine around the rim. Aroma in the glass is still VERY tropical (I suspect from Citra Hops) and there is a bit of a swing towards piney and malts. So much fruit though, like strawberries. Dirty hop-forward flavor. Not what I was expecting after such a tropical nose. Not much body, bitter on the finish, but I am not getting anything in the middle. Perhaps because of the yeasties, this bottle is a little rough and maybe I poured it too soon or too roughly. I had noticed there wasnít much head, so I raised the bottle up and poured faster to get a head to develop. The head in fact is still clinging to the glass some 10 minutes later. I am not sure what the IBU is on this, but it seems quite high, and I also have to note that the ABV is completely masked by the interesting hop flavors. And the name really says it, in that this is certainly more IPA than black ale. Maybe even in the "Douple IPA" category? I am getting more fruit, again sweet strawberry-ish on the very end of the finish. It is a very interesting brew to be sure. I am enjoying it. Tasted from the bottle @ 52.3F.
drfabulous (3824) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JAN 6, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at Brouwerís Cafe. Really nice and hoppy brown that again pushes the whole concept of black IPA. Far better than the Stone 15.
Aubrey (3430) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 5, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Truly fantastic and unique beer. Pours murky deep brown with a lasting, beige head. Fresh and hoppy nose. Silky-smooth texture up front; dry finish. Very rich and flavorful. Gently roasted malt side has elements of milk chocolate (unlike the dark chocolate typically found in black IPAs) and lightly toasted bread. Green hop flavors/aromas of sweet grass, pine, tropical fruit (mango), apricot and grapefruit, plus some faint spices. Wonderfully balanced and delicious.
J_man (685) - Tustin, California, USA - JAN 4, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz. from BevMo in Mira Mesa. Luckily, I saw the bottles sitting up near the checkout before I paid, so I was able to score! Wow, just popping the cap on this little bottle releases a wave of the freshest, stankiest hop aroma Iíve smelled in a long time! Itís like sticking your nose in a bag of fresh and very pungent hops! The name is very accurate, not black at all but a medium brown topped by a light tan head. The hops from the aroma attack your tongue immediately on the first sip, but in a surprisingly non-aggressive way compared to what youíre smelling. Very strong grapefruit bitterness along with a juicy cannabis flavor. Stone must have had a major part in this since itís very "Stone-like" in this way. Thereís a delicious milk/bittersweet chocolate flavor lying under those dank, bitter hops, and itís amazingly well balanced. Thereís a lemony quality that emerges which Iím guessing is from the hops. Thereís a medium creaminess in the body that washes out to a dry, bitter finish in the end that leaves an earthy, cannabis-like flavor behind. This is a truly incredible beer and takes the Black IPA style in a new direction.
drowland (5980) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - JAN 4, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
1/4/12. 12oz bottle courtesy ratebeef! Hazy brown pour with a small tan head that sticks and laces plenty. Pungent, almost sour hoppy aroma with cattiness, lemon peel, weed, and more. Sweet entry with caramel and chocolate that gives way to pungent hoppiness, again with cattiness and citrus. Nice!
rbrazell (1570) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - JAN 4, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to ratebeef! Pours a clear brown witha small off white head. Nose is full of pungent citrusy hops and not much else. Flavor has a roasted malt entry the a wallop of strong citrus and piney hops. Yeah, thatís an IPA.
Beerona97 (2397) - Washington, USA - JAN 3, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown, frothy beige head. Aroma is awesome, tons of tropical/pine/dank herb hop with just a hint of roast. Taste has lots of pineapple, mango, not much roast at all, which is a nice change for this odd style. A really really good beer.
gorditoabd (622) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 3, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Bev4Less. Can always count on Freddy to have these beers, among so many others, at a very reasonable price. Pours according to the name, more brown than black, but still a pleasing hue. Nice little tan foam head. Nice malty, hoppy with a mild brown sugar (?) aroma. Really solid nose on this beer. Hmm, taste not quite as pleasing, but definitely interesting. Mild bit of something like licorice. Strong bitter undertone goes well with the sweet malt and mild hops. Really nice, interesting beer. Not as nutty as some of the black IPAs Iíve had, definitely itís own beer. I approve.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 2, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I thought I didnít like black IPAs all that much, but recently Iíve been digging the oneís Iíve had. This one came from Samís Quik Shop in Durham for a modest $3.50 or so. Pours a hazy medium-dark brown with a bit of light showing through the edges, a beige-tan one-finger head, and moderate lacing. Nose shows off both the Nelson Sauvin and Citra hops. Both very citrusy (tons of grapefruit and some orange peel as well) but also spicy (again, peel and pith). Some resin. A moderate amount of sweet malt (dark bread, sugar, and caramel) on the aroma, which comes out a bit more on the taste, watering down those amazing hops just a bit... they start off bitter and astringent, but end a bit sweet and thin. Still, yum.
Headbanger (3226) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle 1/2/12 (Binnyís Glen Ellyn)-42į in Shaker-Pours a very dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of hops, malt, pine, and citrus. Taste of the same with more hops on the back end. This full bodied brew is full of grapefruit and is well balanced. Nice brew.